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Voivod - Nothingface

1989 MCA Records :: Reviewed by rofreason on 2005-07-14

Nothingface was the album which was to break Voivod out of their "obscurity" and show the world what they were missing. It almost happened. They signed to MCA Records for this one, and I remember when it was released it received good press, and people dug the Pink Floyd Cover, but it didn't seem to help them too much. I for the life of me cannot figure this out. Nothingface is absolutely brilliant! I know that I say this about each of their albums, but I can't stress enough that they are, and each is perfection in it's own unique way. Nothingface continues the mechaniod approach, and was recorded completely in digital, with perfect production due to the increased budget for recording (my guess). The result is a very effects laden but cold, album. Each instrument is heard perfectly in the mix for once, with special care given to accentuate the bass, a very positive move! Some of their best stuff is found here, the cybermetal structure of Killing Technology and Dimension Hatross is here, but there is a new element, almost a sadness present. The album produces feelings of almost loneliness and despair, while the previous two provoked paranoia and held a level of agoraphobia. The main improvement here is that the bass and drums are given the sound required to allow them to produce a very dynamic rhythm section. This is Voivod's most mechanical album, and much like a machine, is flawless in it's execution.